The Best Banana Bread I Have Made Yet

Sometimes, you just gotta have some banana bread in your life.img_20170224_203656This has got to be the best banana bread I have made yet. The caramelized banana slices on top along with some chocolate chips take this banana bread to a whole ‘nother level.

After a little bit of tweaking with cooking times and ingredients, I’m happy to share how I made this pretty, little thing. I wasn’t even aware that it was National Banana Bread Day yesterday nor such a thing existed. Who cares if it’s a made-up holiday haha; this is definitely something I can get on board with since banana bread rules.

Here’s how I did it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed overripe bananas (2 large or 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • extra banana slices to put on top (optional)

Make sure you use overripe bananas; the riper (and blacker) they are, the better. To quickly ripen the bananas I got, I baked them in a preheated 250°F oven for 20 minutes. Take out the butter and eggs from the fridge and set them aside. img_20170224_175206Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream the softened butter and sugar (this just means whisking them together until you achieve a creamy consistency; it’s important to make sure the butter is softened.) Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly.img_20170224_175855Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Blend well.img_20170224_180256img_20170224_180450Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. img_20170224_181320Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Mix well, but don’t overmix.img_20170224_182126Lightly spray a 9×5 loaf pan with oil. Pour the mixture onto the pan, spreading it evenly. img_20170224_182824Add the banana slices on top along with some extra chocolate chips. Sprinkle some granulated sugar evenly over the banana slices. img_20170224_183406Bake for about 60-70 minutes, or until a knife speared through comes out clean. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a bit.  img_20170224_195713Transfer the banana bread on a wire rack and let it cool for about 15 minutes. img_20170224_201624Enjoy a slice or two! img_20170224_203449 To ensure freshness, wrap the bread in Saran wrap (cling film).img_20170224_203555

 

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